Nope...not Gladiators, Chariot Racing.....Fantasy Chariot Racing where Dwarfs have a brutally tough Steam Train type pulling device and the Undead of course have some Skeleton horse power.
Arena Maximus was our latest experience and it was a lot of fun. The box says it is for 2 to 5 players and we managed to get 2 games in. The first with 3 players then the next with 5 players. We randomly drew our chariots that come with the game. Each has some minimal stats such as an amount you can accelerate your speed per turn (how many spaces you move) and how much damage your chariot can take before becoming a wreck. You can crash out once per game and miss a turn then start moving again with no damage. The random track is revealed by flipping the track sections over as players move around the table and it includes hazards and stables (a pit stop to repair your chariot or mend the your steeds broken bones). A card deck is used with players allocated 7 cards each including very handy magic cards. Magic cards can be used for casting spells and as a substitute card for any of the other cards.
Taking it to the next level.
I was thinking that you really could get your gamer modelling crazy on with this game to make it visually stunning and lift it up off that flat table surface. It actually may not be too much of a stretch to make a big Chariot race track using 28mm or other scale miniatures. Heck, you only need 5 Chariots max. The track space indicator flip cards need to be used in each square so some space is needed for them. Fitting 5 chariots side by side is a consideration for track width but lane position means nothing during the game. I did a little geometry and came up with this layout.
Cheers from Brendon (The Kiwi)